2014 End of Year Book Survey

Thanks to the amazing Jamie from the Perpetual Page-Turner for creating this survey!

reading-stats-2014

Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Re-Reads: 15
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal (surprises me!)

2015 Challenges

I'm participating in seven challenges this year!! I need something to guide me through, something structured that limits the reading slumps and helps vary the books I read! I can't just read ARCs and shy away from contemporaries. I need to expand my reading horizons!

And now I present the challenges I'll be doing:

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 5

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015


This list is so very hard!! I have 187 books on my 2015 release shelf on Goodreads and narrowing it down to ten is impossible. I'm going to bend the rules a bit and list twelve. I know, I'm a rebel ;)

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 4

Best Book Boyfriends of 2014 


Geez I'm starting to be repetitive with the books I pick :0

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 3

Best Couples of 2014


I've shipped so many couples this year. I've triumphed, I've failed. They've made me swoon and cry and be elated. Here are my favorite couples of the year!

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 2

Best Book Covers of 2014


There have been so many pretty covers this year, here are my favorites! I'd definitely hang these up on a wall ;)

Top Ten of 2014 ~ Day 1

Best Books I've Read in 2014


For the sake of variety, I added a few different books to my Top Ten Books of 2014 since this post would have been identical to my Top Ten Tuesday Best books of 2014.

The Twelve Nightmares Before Christmas: Nightmare Nine + Giveaway!


Hi! I’m Courtney Alameda, author of the soon-to-be published YA horror novel, SHUTTER. I love Christmastime and all things scary, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some of my favorite Christmas beasties with everyone this year—twelve of them, to be exact! Join me and a few of my blogger friends every day from December 13 – 24, as we feature different holiday nightmares . . . if you dare!

2 Top Ten Tuesdays on a Saturday ~ Oh Yes


A TTT post on a Saturday. Better yet: Two TTT posts on a Saturday. What is this sorcery?

I always forget to do Top Ten Tuesdays. It takes me way too long to format and determine which ten things I want to choose for the week. These past two weeks had great topics that I want to do, so I'll slave over my computer and publish my Top Ten New-To-Me Authors of 2014 and Top Ten Books of 2014.

Mini Review ~ The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Page Length:  312 Pages
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Finished copy via library
Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.


She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

12 Days of Lailah ~ Characters' Christmas Wishlists + Giveaway


Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Lailah that Styclar Street Team Founders are doing! I absolutely adore Lailah and its amazing author, Nikki Kelly.

Today I'm sharing the perfect gifts to give the lovely characters of Lailah, but first, a little bit about the glorious novel:

The Book:
Title: Lailah
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Author: Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Summary from Goodreads:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

And now the gifts I'd give these awesome characters! I feel like these items would be on their wish lists and would make great presents: 

The Unproductive Reader


As I sit here forming my 2014 End of the Year survey, I can't help but be shocked by the low number of books I've read this year. 73. 73 books. That's it?!

Now before you back away from this post in horror, trust me, I can explain!! With the horrible combination of school, stress, fatigue, traveling, procrastination, and reading slumps, no one could read as many books as they had hoped. I've had a total of 12 reading slumps this year. Yes, TWELVE. When I find a book I don't like, I tend to shut down and wallow in self-pity before jumping back into the swing of things. But that's not even the biggest factor that's led to this predicament, it's been my rereading obsession.  

What's worse than a love triangle?


What's worse than a love triangle?

A love triangle where your ship loses.

For those of you who suffer through books with love triangles, you know you can't help but pick a team. It's bad enough that you have to read about a love triangle, but nothing can describe the feeling of despair and anger when your team loses.

ARC Review: Zodiac

Series: Zodiac #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Page Length:  336 Pages
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via Publisher. Thanks Penguin! 
Goodreads

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Day 5 ~ 25 Days of Book Boyfriends + Throne of Glass Giveaway


Thank you so much to Jessica, Teresa, and Chelsea who planned this blog event where each day one blogger spotlights a book boyfriend! There will be giveaways and swoonage, so make sure to follow the event with this schedule.

For those of you who know me well, you may know that I adore Chaol Westfall from the phenomenal Throne of Glass series by the spectacular Sarah J Maas. I have the highest praise for this series and for Sarah!

Compulsion by Martina Boone ~ Book Blitz


Release Date: 10/28/14
ISBN: 1481411225
Simon Pulse, Simon Teen
448 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

2014 Debut Author Giveaway Hop!


Thanks to Bookhounds & I Am A Reader for hosting the giveaway hop. 

I've read some AMAZING debuts this year, and I wanted to share them with you!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish where each week they post a new Top Ten list on various bookish things.

This week's topic:

Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

I seriously can not wait to read any of these!

Review ~ Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Series: Famous in Love #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length:  422 Pages
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Source: ARC via Bloggerhood
Goodreads
When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is--and who she wants--as the whole world watches.

Series Sequels I'm (Im)patiently Waiting For


I missed last week's Top Ten Tuesday, but I wanted to join in on the fun! It seems like there are so many sequels I'm waiting for. Funnily enough though, I had a hard time compiling a list! I'm anxiously waiting for more first-in-the-series books than sequels. Here are the sequels I'm waiting for. Isn't it sad that some of these are so far off that some don't even have covers or titles yet??

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish where each week they post a new Top Ten list on various bookish things.

This week's topic:

Books On My Winter TBR

I do plan on reading ALL of these books by the end of 2014.

Stacking the Shelves (10)


I would go insane if I had to do this post each week, so here's a compilation of what I've stacked within the past few weeks!

For Review:


Finding Mr. Brightside
Flirty Dancing
The Secrets We Keep

Blog Tour: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engels +Giveaway


The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/11/14
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

The 7 Stages of Grief When Getting Over a Series


The 7 Stages of Grief When Getting Over a Series

Not a Rigid Model of Reader psychology some authors put you through all of these and others leave you with the feels. So this works for both books that you love and books that you hate.

This post was inspired by the release of In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
*You may not personally agree with this or go through all of this in every series.*


To Read Them or Not To Read Them (AKA DENIAL)


Book Blitz: Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry


Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
Release Date: 12/08/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.


Available for Pre-Order:
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Books in the series:
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From Noah’s Point of View

“Me and you,” I whisper, hoping my words will sink into her subconscious, beyond where she overthinks. “It’s how it’s supposed to be.”

Echo’s hand glides over mine, and she links our fingers together. “You like disturbing my sleep, don’t you?”

I kiss her shoulder, permitting my lips to linger on her soft skin. Guess I did wake her. “Just keeping things straight between us.”

“In my sleep?” Damn, I love that groggy voice.

“You argue less that way.”


About the Author

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

Author Links:
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Promo ~ Finale of Jenna Black's Replica Series + Trilogy Giveaway

The final book in Jenna Black's Replica series came out on Tuesday! I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds really good, and I've read lots of positive reviews. The awesome people at Tor Teen are graciously allowing me to giveaway the whole series (Replica, Resistance, and Revolution) to one lucky winner! More information on that later...

Replica

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Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.

Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.